Total Wis. COVID-19 cases at nearly 500,000

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 6:32 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said most of the state has seen no change in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the past two weeks, as 99 new patients were hospitalized Thursday for the virus

According to the Department of Health Services’ daily COVID-19 dashboard, 83% of staffed hospital beds in the state are currently full.

There are 244 patients in the ICU with COVID-19. DHS said there are 460 patients receiving mechanical ventilation.

DHS reported 3,791 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, inching closer to 500,000 cases. That milestone will likely be hit by Friday at the current rate of cases.

The current seven-day average for new positive cases is at 2,490, just three cases lower than the previous day’s average.

Only one county is currently at a “critically high” activity level for COVID-19, DHS reports. Menominee County’s case burden is currently at over 1,000 cases per 100,000 people.

More counties moved into the “high” case level activity within the past two weeks after being in the “very high” level, including Crawford and Lafayette counties.

The state of Wisconsin is still in the “very high” activity level, DHS reports.

The state’s top health agency also noted that 40 Wisconsinites have died in the past day due to COVID-19.

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